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article imageIgor expected to become a major hurricane in the Atlantic

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 11, 2010 in World
Miami - Tropical Storm Igor is about to become a hurricane late on Saturday as it moved westward in the Atlantic, but so far does not present an immediate threat to land on energy installations in the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that tropical storm Igor has shown maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) as it moves in the open ocean with its center still about 1,140 miles (1,840 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde Islands.
Igor is moving west at 18 mph (30 kph) and is expected to continue in that direction over the next two days, when it may turn more towards the west-northwest.
"Igor is expected to become a hurricane later tonight or early Sunday, and could rise to major hurricane strength late Monday," said forecasters of the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.
Computer models predict that Igor should remain in the Atlantic and not enter the Gulf of Mexico, where could be a serious threat to US oil and gas operations in the area.
Tropical storms become hurricanes when their sustained winds reach 74 mph (119 kph). Forecasters predict that Igor will continue gathering strength over the ocean within the next three days and could become a major hurricane.
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